Saints basketball team shows resilience

Newly configured NDP team seeks strong second half


Senior Justin Maschek drives to the hoop (Mike Harvey/Special to the Seraphim

By Sarah Ziemann, Staff Writer

The outcome did not look promising for the Saints at halftime, but they fought back to beat their difficult competitor on Dec. 11. Consequently, the Notre Dame Preparatory varsity boy’s basketball team is headed into Winter Break with focus and determination. They are 4-3, after rallying from a 16-point, half-time deficit, to win 60-58, against the St. Mary’s High School Knights.

At the start of the season, the Saints had to work without six players who were still competing on the NDP varsity football team, which played in the state championship on December 3. Three of those players are starters: seniors Joey Jaquint and Justin Maschek, and junior Jake Farrell.

“We had a lot of freshmen and JV [junior varsity players] up playing the first few varsity games,” said Coach Kyle Diemer. “And then we got everybody back, so, we’re just really trying to gel.”

Led by junior Skylar Certo, averaging 20.8 points per game, the Saints are looking forward to more practice time and the rest of the season.

“We’re trying to get back to where we were last year, and a little bit better,” Diemer claimed.

The Saints made it to the playoffs last year with a 10-13 record, and they are hopeful to host a playoff game in 2018. If they play with the same resilience shown against the Knights in the second half on Dec. 11, they have the opportunity to be successful.